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MariaW

MariaW

Joined June 2016

I sleep with books - don't judge!
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I don‘t know why the German title has to give away the major clue that you know who did it right away. 🙈 But it is always a delight to follow Poirot coming to the same conclusion. 😊

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Avenches | Chartech Staff
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This is a nice little free library I saw in Avenches when I checked out the Roman theatre there. Unfortunatly, I could not find anything in there because Avenches is located in the French speaking part of Switzerland and I don‘t speak French. 🙈

LeahBergen It‘s so beautiful! 2d
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Mrs McGinty's Dead | Agatha Christie
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I like the Poirot novels in which Mrs Oliver appears to be his enthusiastic sidekick. They are such an odd and funny pair.
This story did come up with so many suspects, I definitely did not see the ending coming.

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Today I found out that Jan Assmann is dead. 😭😭😭 He was a well-known German egyptologist and was famous for his cultural theories.
Once I had the chance to see one of his lectures at the Egyptian Museum in Leipzig and got his autograph. Back then I wanted to tell him that I‘ve read most if his books and that he is very important for me, but the only thing I was able to say (quivering in front of this authority) was: „For Maria, please“.

Jari-chan RIP 🕯️ 4d
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Tanz der Tiefseequalle | Stefanie Hfler
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One decision that changes everything: Puberty is already not easy for Niko, he is the outsider of the class. But then he helps beautiful Sera and everything becomes chaotic.
This is a nice novel about a deep friendship between two students in a superficial highschool world.

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Tanz der Tiefseequalle | Stefanie Hfler
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This coming of age novel is written from two different points of view of two teenagers. Like teenagers‘ fast-paced thoughts the book switches between them constantly. It is interesting to experience a story through the eyes of two characters.

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Alter John: Kinderroman | Peter Hrtling
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This is a nice story for kids talking softly and with dignity about topics most adults try to avoid with euphemisms.
Old John moves in with his daughter‘s family. His grandkids love it, but at some point he gets sick…

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Alter John: Kinderroman | Peter Hrtling
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Reading school literature for one of my classes now. Even though we‘ve read Peter Härtling back when I went to school, I never came across this one.

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Totsch | Sunil Mann
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This is a short coming of age novel of a Swiss author. It is written in a fast paced stream of consciousness style and talking about an outsider meeting another (non outsider, jock) teenager with the same family problems. Both of them are not sure what to make of it. The book definetely portays the life of teenagers well.

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Totsch | Sunil Mann
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I can see you. You‘re running up the stairs. Slamming the door. Thewoing yourself on the bed. Head under cushion, hands on the ears.
Nevertheless you can still hear your parents. Even as they fall silent and this depressing silence takes over the house. (…) But in your head they are still arguing. In your head you can hear the voices. Like an echo that doesn‘t die away.

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In this Nancy Drew novel nothing was not missing: an impersonator, a time bomb, a diamond theft, a submarine and a fire, What can be possible used in the next ones? The books are definitely getting better, I hope the pace of improvement can be kept.

Librarybelle She seems to be running out of dangerous scenarios! 2w
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Currently I am finishing the fourth book of the series. This time I am prepared for tomorrow‘s monthly discussion with @Librarybelle
💪💪💪💪

Librarybelle Awesome!! 2w
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The Series is definitely getting better. The plot is quite forseeable (maybe it‘s me as an Agatha Christie fan), but still quite suspenseful. I‘ve read the 50er novel in one run and looking forward to no. 4. 😊

Librarybelle I think they are getting better too! 2w
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I have to admit the novels are getting more interesting and suspenseful one by one. I cannot wait to turn/swipe to the next P
page. 💪💪💪

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The old mansion with squeaky floorboards, a dark attic with old costumes and things moving around on their own were definitely more exciting than the first novel. And that there are two mysteries to solve makes it more suspenseful. I was as disappointed and pissed off as Nancy when she couldn‘t find the entrance to the hidden staircase. 🤬

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Since I am analyzing literature with my students in my English classes, I cannot stop wondering whether the alliterations in some of the chapter titles are used on purpose or just a „lucky“ coincidence. The question is: Can a mishap be mysterious??? 🤔🤔🤔😜

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So, a few months behind the Litsy discussion group I finished the first Nancy Drew novel. The ebook I bought seems to be the older 1930 version and I stumbled across the portrayal of Jeff Tucker. Anyway the story tries to build suspense and I think this is okay for the target audience of teenagers. But as an adult it strikes me weird to give away the major clue in the title. 🙈

Librarybelle Haha, so true - the title says everything! 3w
MariaW @Librarybelle I am also not satisfied with the titles of some of the Agatha Christie novels, but at least she is not giving away the clues - well, most of the times. 🙈 3w
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The German kids have been using the English word „cringe“ a lot lately. I have to admit that it expresses the feeling perfectly I got while reading the first of the Nancy Drew novels. I know it was published in 1930 and back then it was a different time, but it makes me cringe to read the stereotypical portrait of Jeff Tucker.

Ruthiella They totally changed that in the 1950s version. 3w
MariaW @Ruthiella I read about that in the discussion group, but the ebook version I bought seems to be the old one. 3w
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Maskerade | Terry Pratchett
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Another one of the witches: I actually read The Phantom of the Opera and saw the musical version (the opera not yet) and the Terry Pratchett version is definitely the best one. I was laughing so hard. 🤣🤣🤣

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The true story of the pumpkin coach - the fairy godmother couldn‘t use her wand for anything else! The notion of happily ever after fairytales actually being neverending nightmares in which you can be killed for not be jolly enough is scary. Fortunately, the witches are on their way. 🤗

julesG One of my favourite Discworld novels 😍 4w
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Wyrd Sisters | Terry Pratchett
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In the last weeks I went through some of Pratchett‘s discworld novels again. I have to say I like the Witches and the Nightwatch ones the most. There is nothing like a stanze of „The Hedgehog Can Never be Buggered at All“. 😂😂😂

Ruthiella 🤣🤣🤣 4w
mabell I agree about the witches! I don‘t think I‘ve read a nightwatch one yet 4w
CarolynM 🤣 I should reread a few too. 4w
julesG Love the Witches! 4w
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Im Westen Nichts Neues | Erich Maria Remarque
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This is how it looks like when a teacher reads a book. 🙈

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Im Westen Nichts Neues | Erich Maria Remarque
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Started to read All Quiet on the Western Front yesterday because my students want to read it. Even though it is part of the German so-called „canon of literature“ I never read it in school. Especially the boys in my class want to read ot because they have a weird fascination of the World Wars. Hopwfully the novel will teach them otherwise.

Tamra It should take the shine out of that young bravado. 2mo
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Wyrd Sisters | Terry Pratchett
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Me driving home from work listening to Terry Pratchett. The jokes are easing the traffic and I arrive home lauging. 😊

Ruthiella Nice strategy! 2mo
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Lords and Ladies | Terry Pratchett
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I finished another one of my Pratchett aufio books. Of course I loved it. And I like the notion that Pratchett saw the folk of fairies as villians which are able to glamour humans. Well, most if them. 🧙‍♀️

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The Fraud | Zadie Smith
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The moment when the review is this good that you have to buy the (e)book immediately. 🙈

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Thirteen at Dinner | Agatha Christie
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What a nice game of cat and mouse. Even though the alibi of the murderer was watertight it was clear from the beginning that he/she must have planned the murder. Poirot struggled hard to find out how it was done. A story full of confusion.

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A Hand Full of Stars | Rafik Schami
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I finished this wonderful book while reading in the art museum. It was somehow a contrast to this dark figure and background. I really loved this diary of the life in Damaskus. It reminded me of the souks of Cairo. It is the perfect description of Arabic daily life with all its facets.

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A Hand Full of Stars | Rafik Schami
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This is how it looks like to read in an art museum. ☺️☺️☺️

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The Silent Reading Hour | William Henry Wheeler, Guy Thomas Buswell
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Today the silent reading event took place in the local art museum. It was a little bit weird reading there while others looked at the exhibits. I bet some of them thought I was an installation. 😂

Ruthiella 😂😂😂 3mo
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Murder on the Links | Agatha Christie
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It took over one hour for the golf course to come up and keep me wondering why Agatha Christie chose the title. Even later the choice of place were the victim was found seemed completely unnecessary and senseless. Maybe she was out of titles?
Other than that it was a nice murder mystery with the well-known twists.

Ruthiella I agree, the title is misleading. Maybe the publisher picked it rather than Christie? 3mo
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In German we use the idiom „giftgrün“ which can be roughly translated to poisonous green. The English equivalentis bilious/garish green but to me it os not the same.
The cover of the second case of the Detective Society is definitely giftgrün. A reference willing used as a reference to the poison that eats itself through Daisy‘s family in form of assumptions and suspicions? It almost tears them apart. Luckily Daisy & Hazel can solve the murder.

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The Silent Reading Hour | William Henry Wheeler, Guy Thomas Buswell
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I was knocked out for the past two days and could not post this. On Sunday I went to the silent reading event again. Now it‘s a fixed appointment in my calender that I don‘t miss it. It was raining cats and dogs but I went anyway like the hard core of the group. It was very pleasant but I had to face the consequences because I caught a cold on the way there. 🙈

Dilara Oh no! Glad you‘re feeling better now - or at least well enough to post 🤧 3mo
MariaW @Dilara Thanks, I am better now. 😊 3mo
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The Night Library | David Zeltser
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Did anyone else read that? That‘s how we readers are…
https://www.zmescience.com/science/news-science/a-door-at-a-swedish-library-was-...

LeahBergen Love this! 4mo
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I liked the first murder mystery of the Murder Most Unladylike series very much and recommended it to my students as well. Of course I had to order the second part for the students‘ library- officially. 😜
By the way I am the teacher reading the book at my place. 🙈

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When you order new books for the students‘ library of English books and most of them you ordered for yourself… 🤣🤣🤣

Jari-chan It's the same with me and ordering books for the bookstore 🤭 4mo
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Soul Music | Terry Pratchett
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I went through another Terry Pratchett audiobook. I‘ve read all the novels 10 years ago, so it‘s very interesting to listen to them 10 years later.
The thought of music coming alive is fascinating. And of course there‘s Susan‘s deadpan humor. 🪦🪦🪦

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Les Enfants Terribles | Jean Cocteau
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This weekend I went to exibition sharing an eye of how children are portayed in (children‘s) literature - often as enfant terribles. It was very interesting.
Can you guess the books portrayed in the two smaller pictures?

Dilara Pippi Longstocking on the left (looking at the stripy stocking). Not sure sure about the right picture. Alice in Wonderland, maybe, if the teacup is a clue for this book ? But I must say I can't associate anything with that booted, naked leg. 4mo
Ruthiella Pippi, Alice and Struwwelpeter! 😃 (edited) 4mo
MariaW @Ruthiella Everything correct! 😊 4mo
MariaW @Dilara Both correct. I took the picture with the teacup on purpose otherwise I would have felt like you did. 4mo
Dilara @MariaW 😇 👏 4mo
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Holes | Louis Sachar
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This moment was coming - I knew it but was still very happy to read it.

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Holes | Louis Sachar
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Of a novel called „Holes“ I actually did not expect much but I have to admit I was proven wrong. I really liked the background story with the curse. It was quite funny at some points. Now I am going to watch the movie.

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Holes | Louis Sachar
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I started to read „Holes“ because we have a whole pile in our school and I am trying to decide which book to read next with my 7th grade.

julesG My son read it in year 8 or 9. He didn't like it. But when has any pupil ever liked the required reading. 4mo
Blueberry Love it! My kids still remember the warden? with the snake poison fingernail polish. 4mo
SarahBookInterrupted I liked it and one of my book club members loved it! She always recommends it and it‘s one of the few books she has read more then once. 4mo
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Elephants Can Remember | Agatha Christie
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This was actually the first Agatha Christie I saw the plot twist coming. But it was very exciting anyway. The only thing going on my nerves were the words „Elephants can remember“ but the main characters felt so too. 😊

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Zurich | Guido Magnaguagno
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Today I went to another event pf „Zurich Reads“. This time in the detective novel tramway. A swiss author read from his latest derective novel. It was very funny and interesting to see the different parts of Zurich the tram went through.

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Als mir die Welt gehrte | Bastian Kresser
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Currently the festival „Zurich Reads“ takes place and right know I am on a boat trip with the author Bastian Kresser who reads from his newest novel. There‘s food and wine as well. Nothing more needed. 😊😊😊

LeahBergen Wow! This looks amazing. 4mo
MariaW @LeahBergen It was. I never expected it to be like and will definitely attend again next year. 😊 4mo
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Tiptopf | Ursula Affolter, Interkantonale Lehrmittelzentrale. Zrich
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All Swiss student do have cooking lessons in highschool and are given the cook book Tiptopf. In Germany there is nothing like this, so I asked a colleague for an old copy of the Tiptopf. Normally I just google receipes, but this time it was actually pretty nice to use a good old cook book. And of course it‘s the season for pumpkin soup. 😊

Jari-chan No generation without TipTopf 😁 4mo
MariaW @Jari-chan Are you using yours? 😊 4mo
Jari-chan @MariaW Not really... We had to return our books to the school and I never bothered to get one myself. The vegetarian TipTopf wasn't a thing back then 😅 4mo
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MariaW @Jari-chan In the school I teach the students can keep it, they actually got the newest edition. That‘s why I could get a hold on the old one. I think half of the receipes are vegetarian now. 4mo
Jari-chan @MariaW It's great that this has changed now. Back when I was in school almost each recipe had meat in it (or at least we only used those recipes). So my friend and I had a deal that she always did the meat, and I the salad and dessert 😄 4mo
MariaW @Jari-chan 🤣🙈🤣 4mo
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Murder Most Unladylike | Robin Stevens
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And this is how the recommendation for students looks like. No that any ever came to get one the recommended books, they mostly go for Greg‘s Diary. But at least they read. I ordered the series of Murder Most Ladylike anyway because I liked it. 😜

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Murder Most Unladylike | Robin Stevens
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So, I finished this one in the Natural History Museum. A classic murder mystery set in the school surrounding and girls as detectives. The author uses the point of view of the secretary of the Murder Club instead of the president‘s one, which reminded me of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson. In general a story which can be read fast and is a good start into the genre for teenagers. I will definitely recommend it to my students.

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Murder Most Unladylike | Robin Stevens
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This is how it looks like reading in a Natural History Museum of Switzerland. They even opened it for the Silent Reading club two hours in advance.
I was reading Murder Most Unladylike because it is going to be the next tip for my school‘s English library which I am taking care of.

bthegood love this - 🙂 4mo
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The Silent Reading Hour | William Henry Wheeler, Guy Thomas Buswell
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Today was abother event of the Silent Reading. This time it took place in the natural history museum of Solthurn. It was quite nice to read between animals and rock formations. 😊

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On our way to and back from Liechtenstein we were able to finish this Poirot novel. The fact that Poirot started his investigation due to a dead person asking hom to do so was very interesting. The German title actually gives the “dumb witness” Bob more credit.